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Google’s Help Site Basically Confirms “Google Wallet Card”

If Google’s own help site is to be taken as a legitimate source of information (and why shouldn’t it be?), then it just confirmed that a Google Wallet card or credit card is on the way. First mentioned a week or so ago thanks to a leaked Google Wallet app, this new card will help take Google’s mobile payment system to the next level by expanding it beyond NFC phones.

As you can see in the image above, the card will only work with currently supported devices on Google’s short list. I was personally hoping that this list would expand with the introduction of this new card and services, but Google appears to be locked into an approved list of phones and tablets. Not sure if that is carriers winning another battle or…OK, that’s exactly what this means.

Ignore that entire paragraph. If I actually read at this early of an hour, I would have noticed that it does say that the card can be used with “all Android devices with an operating system of Android 2.3.3 or higher.” Hooray! The NFC portion is locked to NFC-enabled phones on the list provided, but again, the card and app will now work with all phones once it is released. 

To recap, this Google Wallet card can be programmed to use a default card in your Google Wallet app. In theory, you could switch payment accounts on the fly if you so choose to. It gives you a ton of flexibility in making payments using a card. In fact, since Google Wallet allows you to load up all of your credit cards into the app, you could essentially leave all other cards at home and simply carry around the new Google Wallet card.

We are also expecting to see new features like money withdrawal, payment sending between friends, and the ability to load up transit passes.

This new version of Google Wallet sounds like the ultimate mobile payment system, it’s just too bad that Google can’t find a way to get the NFC portion onto any NFC phone. Come on Google, work some magic.

Via:  Google | TechCrunch

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Yang/100000650290495 Danny Yang

    Do you guys think Google will give me a physical Google Wallets card as a refund if I used Wallet on my GS3 on Verizon?

  • Michael Collins

    Why does The VZW Gnex not get support?? Guessing VZW? good thing im rooted ;)

  • RaptorOO7

    The list of devices (and carriers) is very limited and for this to be a success Google needs to push this onto every 4.1.x device Carriers be damned. I want the benefits and flexibility a Google Wallet Card offers. Isis has no place in my life.

  • David Hussey

    I still don’t get how they’re resolving the fee difference by processing through MasterCard (merchant pays fee) then charging my Amex card (Google presumably pays fee). Google has to be eating the fee difference, because I’ve used Amex at places that don’t accept Amex using Gwallet.

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    Coming up next: Google Bank.

  • Droid Burgundy

    The beef around Verizon and Gwallet has ruined it for me. Not to mention even when I set everything up and had wallet up and running, I had to go out of my way to find places where I live it could be used and be as functional as just using my credit card. Until it is more widely adopted/supported I won’t use it, and I don’t see how this physical card will change that.

    • David Hussey

      The whole point of the physical card is so that you can use it *anywhere* physical cards are accepted (probably processed by MasterCard), and not just places with NFC/RFID readers. That’s how it changes things.

      • EC8CH

        Bingo… this is a pretty big move on Google’s part.

    • cphilano

      If everyone took your stance of not using it, how can it be widely adopted?

  • EC8CH

    I wonder does the card itself have an NFC chip inside and if so can the phone be used to write information to it?

  • Daniel Maginnis

    I highly doubt this will be able to brushed in an ATM as your real card. It is not reencoding the magnetic strip. Simply it just changes which account Google bills after it is swiped. I still want it tho. It will be perfect for all of my reward credit cards. Target, Sony, best buy, bofa all combined in to one card. And if I can also use it as a tap card on the metro, is just bonus.

  • r0lct

    I’ll just leave the Google card on the inside of my phone cover and leave the wallet in the car. One less thing to carry, I like.
    Well until I get ID’ed for using my card. Then I’ll need my license so I guess my wallet isn’t going anywhere yet.

  • Jared Fulgham

    I am loving this idea and will be using this as my daily card. There is no chance I will use Isis. Verizon and Isis can go rot for all I care.

  • EC8CH

    This is pretty much old google checkout… but in real life.

    Which I think is pretty frickin’ sweet.

  • Rob

    They forgot to add “Rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon” to the list of devices G-Wallet works on. Silly Google.

    • EC8CH

      They tell us they don’t like it… but we all know they really do ;-)

    • JoshGroff

      I know right!

  • http://twitter.com/SeanMRowe Sean Rowe

    Wonder if I can withdraw money from my banks ATM with the google wallet card? Will I get charged a fee because it won’t recognize the card as belonging to my bank?

    Either way I am interested

    • David Hussey

      I’m gonna take a guess that the transactions will only be processed as credit (even your debit-only card can get processed as credit), so ATM access is unlikely.

  • JoshGroff

    One card to rule them all.

    • EC8CH

      In the end… there can be only one.

    • TheWenger

      One card to find them.

      • David Hussey

        One card to bring them all.

        • coolsilver

          One card to buy them

        • TheWenger

          And in the darkness, BIND THEM.

    • Anthony Vella

      One card to steal them all

  • John

    This is pretty freakin sweet. I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    You skimmed. Bad!

    It says the card and the app work on all devices running at least 2.3.3, but you need select devices to use tap-and-pay (aka NFC)

  • Derek Duncan

    You are reading it wrong. The physical card is available to all Android phones running 2.3.3 and above.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sprunka Sean Prunka

      Yes, it says that the App (for use with the physical card) is available for all 2.3.3+ devices…Only the NFC portion of the app is limited to the list.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Yikes, it’s early. Fixed!